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Located at 900 State Street in the heart of Erie's central business district, Gannon University's Center for Business Ingenuity (CBI) is a 21st century laboratory for the future of business and entrepreneurship in northwest Pennsylvania.
This facility creates synergy by incorporating the Dahlkemper School of Business (DSB), with Gannon's Erie Technology Incubator (ETI) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
By bringing together these three entities dedicated to the advancement of business techniques and processes, CBI encourages an unprecedented level of collaboration between business students and budding entrepreneurs, seasoned business faculty and consultants in a facility that looks and feels like a major corporate headquarters. This type of collaboration further enhances the delivery of services to entrepreneurs in the community.
At the CBI:
And the CBI itself promotes a synergistic culture as businesses, faculty and students mix and share ideas in an ecosystem where faculty and student-led businesses can flourish and expand.
In the new Business Information Systems Laboratory (BISL), students in Gannon University's undergraduate business programs and the Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration programs have a state-of-the-art environment for data integration, business simulation, visualization and team operation for students that will include:
BISL development was partially funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. When combined with SAP® software applications available through Gannon's participation in the SAP University Alliances program, students will have a suite of advanced tools for analysis, simulation and decision making.
CBI's eight classrooms and a seminar room have easy-to-configure chairs, tables and a digital dais in each classroom. Dry erase walls are featured in classrooms, conference rooms and offices throughout the building, and a café and seating area will encourage the kind of interaction where 21st century concepts are launched and nurtured.
Through the Integrated Business Transformation Project, funded by a $520,878 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Gannon University conducts an eight-week intensive course for entrepreneurs with technology-enabled businesses who receive support from student-faculty teams. The program also includes a microloan fund.
The seasoned staff members of ETI and SBDC are invaluable resources for early-stage businesses. Many of the companies served by ETI are located in the building, thus providing a critical mass of entrepreneurial thinking and energy.
Both ETI and SBDC provide training, classes and other learning support to new and existing area businesses. In the CBI, expert faculty engage in focused research in many areas of business, including economics, finance, sports management and marketing and the teaching of business. Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity offers business students access to area and regional business leaders and club leadership opportunities. A number of professors routinely incorporate service learning into their course activities, while the Entrepreneurs' Club gives students the opportunity to learn more about starting businesses and interacting with new and growing companies.